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Founders of End Education Without Representation explain reasoning behind 14-year-old vote bill

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
February 1, 2011 3:26 pm

A bill filed Monday that would give 14-year-old students in good standing the right to vote in school board elections has gotten a lot of reaction, mostly negative.

But one of the backers of the measure suggests people understand the rationale behind it before passing judgment. The group of students centered at Seattle’s Garfield High School call their group “The Campaign to End Education Without Representation.”

“I am one of the students that came up with this idea,” wrote Jesse Seidman. “Before coming to conclusions I would recommend that you read our reasoning on our facebook page.

Seidman gave this summary of the arguments behind expanding voting for school board elections only:

1. An 80 year old grandmother with Alzheimer’s or some other disease can vote for who will manage my education.

2. We (the students) are the ones directly effected by the actions taken by school board member.

3. Statistically people who start voting at a younger age are more likely to vote for the rest of their lives.

4. The students who do vote will be the ones that care and are better educated on the subject they are voting for.

5. Allowing students to vote promotes active citizenship.

Here’s our earlier posting that talked about the bill by Seattle Democratic Sen. Scott White.

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